Thursday, 1 April 2021

The birds and...

Spring has sprung on this side of the hemisphere and our parks and gardens are ready for the Birds and the Bees. Yes, you guessed right, this is our Country View Challenge theme, chosen this month by Sue.
I made this journal page and it is a true Mixed Media piece as I used no less than 7 media. This wasn't intended it's just that after a first mistake I threw everything at it to recover.

The background is paper from the Art By Marlene Collage Paper No.2 (Studio Light) collaged on my journal page. 
I stencilled the bird on the branch (Some Birds stencil by STAMPlorations) with Gesso followed by DecoArt paint in Buff and stamped the matching bird from the Trendy Birds 2 set in black. Unfortunately I didn't notice the page had moved in my stamping platform and my stamped bird was way off my stencilled bird! Several layers of acrylic paint, a redesign of the branch (twice as large now) and some orange pan pastel were necessary to camouflage the error! Hmmm... 

The other 2 birds were also victims, as, only after I'd stencilled them with gesso, I remembered I am not a painter or an illustrator and had no idea how to tackle the image... I tried Big Brush pens, then acrylic, then acrylic again... a bit of Distress ink to give them ground... finishing with pastel pencil for the eyes. Time to stop as it wasn't going to get any better but could definitely get worse at this point.

Let me know your honest opinion, I can take it, and any suggestions for improvement!

Over to you now, have a look at what the DT made on the Country View Challenge blog and link up your project to the challenge for the chance to win a £20 voucher for the Country View Craft shop.

Thanks for coming by,
I am entering the SSS Wednesday, Paperbabe challenges.


  1. I think it is fab ! Great background too. Have a great April ! xx

  2. Bright and beautiful Christine - I love it! Hugs rachel x

  3. I shouldn't laugh Christine but it sounds like one of my makes, make the first mistake and then try and recover. I think it's absolutely brilliant! Everything looks like it should be here, and your birds are beautifully coloured. Take care and have a very happy Easter, Sue xx

  4. Fabulous page! Your process made me smile, I'm glad I'm not the only one this happens too 😉. It turned out beautifully, I love the layers and colours with the pretty birds, it reminds me of spring. I hope you're enjoying the sunny weather! Thanks so much for the inspiration and Happy April! Hugs, Jo

  5. Lovely birds and beautiful colours in the background!!! Have a happy April and Easter, Christine!!! xx

  6. A great page Christine. It turned out beautifully. My only nugget to add if you want honesty is that it's really just practice, practice and more practice and learning about how different media react together, which substrates to use etc. I always say you learn more from your mistakes than successes and you will have learnt lots making your lovely page. Hugs xx

  7. It's a beautiful ode to the birds Christine, each one has it's own little character, they all stand proud against your collage background. You created a very pretty journal page, creativity is about playing, endless learning and happy accidents. I love it. Creative HUgs Tracey x

  8. Love this page, Christine! Your birds are amazing and I am convinced that everyone can paint - and as we can see: you can =)
    Happy April!
    Evelyn xxx

  9. Christine this is gorgeous. I love the colours and your birds are so cute. Love it! Hugs Debsxx